"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling



Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

COMIC-CON Full Length HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Trailer!!! wow.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts.

Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever."






wow.

wow.

now please!!

Thoughts???

-V

Veronica Roth's ALLEGIANT Told From TWO POVs?!? Guess Who!!

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

  • There were several titles rumored for this book, speculation based on the "-gent" theme of the previous titles. Among the more popular fan-guessed titles were also used on the reveal video: Convergent, Emergent, Resurgent, and even Detergent, which the fans and Veronica Roth has been using to refer to the third book as a joke.
  • The cover was officially revealed on May 9th, 2013.
  • The definition of Allegiant is loyal or steadfast in devotion (especially to a government).
  • The catchphrase will be "One choice will define you." 
  • The symbol on the cover isn't a faction symbol like its predecessors, but the symbol will make an appearance in the book. 
  • To Veronica Roth, the term allegiant means "one who is loyal or faithful to a particular cause or person"
  • At the 2013 San Diego ComicCon panel, Veronica Roth revealed that Allegiant will be written in dual perspectives -- Tris and Four will be the narrators for the third and final installment.

  • So BOTH Tris and Four have POVs...

    What do you think??

    Do you like it??

    I don't care for it so much... Four is somewhat annoying to me. Too controlling, though thank goodness Tris does not do everything he says. But still...hmmm.

    yay or nay...?

    genius or wtf, this ain't no breaking dawn!?!? (ha, kidding. sorta ..)

    -V

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Review: THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin!!

    "It happened on Halloween.

    The world ended.

    And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

    Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

    In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

    But The Game is changing.

    The Bellows are evolving.

    The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

    And the brothers will never be the same.

    T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance."


    It was a good book that was different then what I had originally thought, but still pretty enjoyable.

    I love the danger of the world and the whole setup Michael has provided Patrick - he sets it up as a game to keep his little brother safe and innocent, which I thought was a really brilliant concept on the authors part.

    The Bellows were pretty freaky! I enjoyed reading scenes with them - it provided a lot angst and creeptasticness.

    The modern references to shows and games were somewhat off putting - they tend to through me out novels, they prevent escapism, but it by no means stunted my enjoyment of the novel.

    Michael was a great big brother who was completely tense and nervous the entire time and for good reason! Its crazy. Patrick was sweet, but he def enjoyed the Game a little too much...though that certainly has something to do with the fact that he is somewhat special needs.

    The writing was strange at first, and it did take me a while to get used to it, but it provided a wonderful flow and atmosphere for the novel, so I completely understand why Martin chose to write it like that.

    Overall, I really liked The End Games and do recommend it!

    Thoughts??

    -V

    Sunday, July 14, 2013

    WOW: J.K. Rowlings' SECRET Novel - THE CUCKOO'S CALLING!!

    "A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
     
    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

    Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this."
    Probably heard, but still .... J.K. Rowling wrote this book under Robert Galbraith!!!
     
    WOWSERS.
     
    Nuff said.
     
    Kindle time!
     
    You've read?
     
    Going to???
     
    -V

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Review: BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown!!

    "A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage shows and seances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920s New York. For Anna, the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini - or so Marguerite claims - handcuffs and sleight-of-hand illusions have never been much of a challenge. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her mother: because while Marguerite's power may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future.

    But as Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions of her mother in peril, which lead her to explore the abilities she's tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a society that studies people with gifts like hers, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than keeping secrets.

    As her visions become darker and her powers spin out of her control, Anna is forced to rethink all she's ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna's visions merely illusions? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite's tricks?

    From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, with the temptations of Jazz Age New York --- and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny."



    While I did love Born of Illusion as much as I was hoping, it was mostly a pretty good book!

    What kept me from loving this book was the fact that it was a bit slow and redundant at times, mostly in regards to Anna. She was sorta boring, especially in the beginning of the novel which naturally resulted in the novel itself being boring. She would do the same things over and over and I just stopped caring because nothing changed.

    The magic was cool!

    There was a love triangle which was.....no. Enough already, all authors of the world, enough.

    Anna's mom was terrible. She was like a wicked stepmom which was interesting and brought on some laughs, but mostly I found her tiresome.

    Cole was just not my cup of tea.

    The book was good and I will def read the sequel, but I wont be excited for it like I was with this one.

    I didn't hate anything about it, so that's why the review is not lower, but it was no The Diviners by Libba Bray like I was hoping. Now that is a book!

    Should you read? Meh, sure. It has an interesting enough plot and if you have free time, go for it!


    -Valen Steel

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Review: THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani!!

    “The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

    This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

    But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

    The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one."


    That cover?? gah! Awesome.

    The School of Good and Evil was a fun, funny, awesome and magical adventure that will leave you craving the sequel!

    I love the differences between the Agatha and Sophie and I love the chaos that ensues when the end up at the wrong schools, both of which are really different and really awesome! It is such a funny read in lieu of Roald Dahl, because while you will be laughing out loud or giggling at the absurdness of it all, you are being taught, you are learning a moral lessons of sorts; in a world of Good and Evil, not everything is black and white...

    The world these two girls live in is the world where magic and legends and fairytales truly exist, like Cinderella! I love when stories have these kind of allusions and pull them off! There are some many magical creatures in this book as well!

    Sophie and Agatha were very different and were both complex and complicated while still remaining classic and necessary tropes.

    The writing was yes, a little juvenile, but that does not mean that it was not unintelligent or witty, 'cus it most def was! I loved the writing style and the characters and the world and I cannot wait for more. I hope that the film will be just as Good...and Evil!! ;-)

    Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter and Fablehaven will greatly enjoy this series!!

    Buy HERE NOW!!

    Thoughts??

    Wanna read??

    --V.S.

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Unhinged (Splintered Series # 2) by A.G. Howard!!

    "Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

    "That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

    As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

    If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head."


    Review for Splintered!

    I loved the first book! It was pretty darn awesome!! Cannot wait for this one - sounds great!

    This series covers are brilliant! The colors!

    Preorder it NOW!!

    -V

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Review: ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund!

    "Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

    On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

    Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

    In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine."


    Across a Star-Swept Sea is dark and beautiful companion novel to Diana Peterfreund's For the Darkness Shows the Stars that expands and further illustrates the fantastical dystopian world.

    The story's MC this time around is Persis Blake, a socialite whose alter ego is Wild Poppy who I really enjoy reading about; her duality was intriguing and complex without ever being over bearing or demeaning. Also, she was badass!! The other POV's are Justen and Remy, who when combined with Persis all make for three different personalities, but one really good story!

    The story itself is fast paced and thrilling and kept me entertained through the length of the novel. The writing is crisp and the transitions between the characters and chapters was done very well!

    My only issue was the romance; most people will LOVE it, but I felt it was too "of course" of a romance. The heroes ride off into the sunset. I wanted something a little more complicated, but like mentioned, it will probably appeal to most readers! (I could have done without)

    Over I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to have a physical to add to my book shelf right next to For Darkness Shows the Stars - those covers are awesome!

    --V

    Saturday, July 6, 2013

    GIVEAWAY: THE FLAME IN THE MIST by Kit Grindstaff!!

    "Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life.

    Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies.

    With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia."

    ENTER THE CONEST HEEEEERE!

    --V